Stephen MacNett is packing his bags and leaving the big House in Harrisburg — better known as the Capitol.
In some ways, MacNett should be counted as one of the longest serving state senators in Pennsylvania, or anywhere else for that matter, without ever having to campaign or win an election.
He arrived at the Capitol in 1966.
In reality, MacNett was not a senator, but for most of his 45 year career he was considered Pennsylvania’s unofficial lawmaker.
He served for many years as general counsel to Senate Republicans, and is considered a walking encyclopedia of all things legislative.
MacNett’s long reign comes to an end this week with his retirement.
Both respected and feared — MacNett on occasion managed to get caught up in the fray.
He earned $161,328 in 2009, making him one of the highest-paid employees of any caucus. In 2006, he accepted a $22,500 bonus.
Rock The Capital had no luck reaching MacNett for comment.
Donna Memmi Malpezzi will succeed MacNett starting next week.
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